The Essay - Paris 1913 - 2. The Rite of Spring
Music historian Richard Witts focuses on the notorious opening of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring in 1913 and its role in music of the city that year.
In a year of extraordinary cultural events, none was more notorious than the first performance of The Rite of Spring, performed by the Ballet Russes to Nijinsky's choreography and Stravinsky's innovative music, with startling designs by Nicholas Roerich. An audience riot erupted, and the fame, if not the success, of the production was assured. Music historian Richard Witts of Edge Hill University looks at and beyond this one performance to the musical landscape of the city that hosted it, finding innovation and groundbreaking events throughout this memorable year.